25 Halloween Events in the Sacramento Area 2018
It’s officially October and that means one thing — Halloween is creeping up around the corner! Get in the spirit for this spooky holiday by filling your calendar with a few festivities leading up to the 31st. There are so many incredible Halloween events happening in the Sacramento area — from kid-friendly trick-or-treating events to boozy costume parties for adults.
Looking for more fall fun? Check out our 2018 fall event guide!
October 6–7, 13–14, 20–21 + 27–28
Photo Courtesy of Kelly B. Huston via the California Railroad Museum
Each weekend in October, hop on board the Spookomotive Train Ride at the California State Railroad Museum. This delightful (and not-so-frightful) train will be decked out in festive decor, including corn stalks, scarecrows, skeletons, bats and spiders. Each weekend has a special theme, and includes exciting on-board entertainment and a tasty Halloween treat. Hourly departures take off from Old Sacramento between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Purchase your tickets for Spookomotive in advance!
October 6 + 7: Superheroes & Villains
October 13 + 14: Pirates & Princesses
October 20 + 21: Witches & Wizards
October 27 + 28: Superheroes & Villains
Old Sacramento Living History is hosting their annual Ghost Tours close to the Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento. Encounter stories of pestilence, mayhem, quacks and frauds as you join the “ghosts” of early Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time! Beware of wayward miners, murder victims and other colorful Gold Rush characters while you listen to tantalizing tales of how folks lived – and died – in our fair city. The 2018 Ghost Tours run every Friday and Saturday night from October 12–27. Tours run every half hour from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets ($15) should be purchased in advance, since tours are limited and often sell out.
October 13–14, 20–21 + 27–28
Cruise along the Sacramento River on this spooky boat ride suitable for all ages. During the one-hour Sacramento Spooky Halloween River Cruise, enjoy family-friendly activities such as crafts, music, face painting and a special Halloween party favor! The boat takes off at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day of the Halloween cruise, but be sure to arrive 15 minutes early for boarding. Purchase your tickets in advance so you’re guaranteed a spot on the boat!
October 17–November 4
Photo Courtesy of Pumpkin Nights
Pumpkin Nights is an exquisite event inviting visitors to experience the essence of Halloween while walking through eight immersive lands created with over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Guests can participate in interactive activities and can enjoy seasonal food and beverages, all amidst a festive setting. This outdoor, family-friendly Halloween walk-through will be open from October 17 through November 4 at Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn.
October 19–21 + 28
Don’t miss Fairytale Town’s Annual Safe & Super Halloween event, featuring four nights of trick-or-treating family-friendly fun. Follow the dino tracks throughout the park to meet and take photos with various dinosaur species, dig for giant fossils at the excavation site, visit the reptile lab, and test your dino roar with the roar-o-meter.
This Halloween extravaganza designed for little ones features 15 treat stations, a nightly costume parade at 8:30, hands-on activities and endless fun. Plus, Sevilla Magic FX will perform “The Dino Encounter” each night at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. in Sherwood Forest. This is a special ticketed event and tickets are available in advance or at the door.
Each year, the Auburn Community Harvest Festival features endless fall fun to get you in the spirit for Halloween, including live music, giant pumpkin and scarecrow contests, arts and crafts booths showcasing local artisans, and a costume contest and parade for all ages. Plus, enjoy carnival games and pony rides, food and vendor booths hosted by local nonprofits, and Auburn’s very own Sugar Plump Fairies. This event is completely free to attend, thanks to generous sponsors.
Photo Courtesy of the Sacramento Children’s Museum
Enjoy a ghoulish night of fun at the Sacramento Children’s Museum’s Annual Monster Bash, featuring DJ music and dancing, refreshments, and of course, museum play. Wear your best costume and dance the night away! Tickets are $25 per member couple and $4 for every additional member guest, or $35 per non-member couple and $5 for every additional non-member guest.
Get moving at this special fitness event at North Natomas Regional Park, featuring a 5K, a 10K and a fun Kids Dash. A portion of the net proceeds from this series benefits BBMJ and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. Register for the race in advance and arrive by 8 a.m. so you don’t miss the opening ceremony from 8:15–8:45! The Kids Dash starts at 8:45 a.m., the 5K starts at 9 a.m., and the 10K starts at 9:30 a.m. sharp.
The Sacramento RiverTrain is combining their two most popular events, Beer Train and Old Vine Express, and throwing in a special Halloween twist. This costumed event will feature beer and wine tasting, live music and food available for purchase, all on board the Sacramento RiverTrain. This 2.5-hour trip includes a stop at a riverfront park for relaxation around fire pits and a costume contest. This special train ride is for those 21 and over.
This pet hotel in West Sacramento is turning into a haunted hotel for the evening, and will even be inviting some mummies and zombies to the party. Person and pup alike will enjoy trick-or-treating and mingling with other costumed pets. This festive event will feature beer, wine and light snacks, a costume contest with fun prizes, local vendors, a silent auction, photo opportunities with Cruella de Vil, wag swag, and even adoptable dogs!
Purchase your tickets for $15 in advance or pay $20 at the door. 100 percent of the proceeds from the Haunted Howl-o-ween Party will be donated to the California Fire Foundation. With the numerous fires in California this past year, Wag Hotel is partnering with the foundation for this fundraiser to honor firefighters and support families of the fallen. Purchase your tickets with a suggested donation ranging from $10–50.
Safetyville’s Annual Halloween Haunt is back for another year of family-friendly fun! Head to Safetyville, the unique miniature city, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for carnival games, a costume parade, safety demonstrations and activities, and of course — trick-or-treat stations. Admission is $5 per person for those 3 years and older. Purchase a wristband for unlimited games for $10 or a family four-pack for $40!
Head to the heart of historic Folsom for some old-fashioned trick-or-treating fun. From 1–4 p.m., go trick-or-treating at all participating merchants along Sutter Street — and don’t miss the special shows at the amphitheater! Come dressed in your best costume to participate in the costume contests at 3 p.m. And from 1–4 p.m., you can also head to The Lakes (across the street from Sutter Street) for trunk or treating, and enjoy bounce houses and more fall fun in the parking lot on Sutter and Wool.
2 p.m.: Preview of Mary Poppins at the Amphitheater
2:30 p.m.: Mad Science at the Amphitheater
3 p.m.: Kids Halloween Costume Contest + You and Your Pet Costume Contest
Photo Courtesy of The Midtown Association
People and pups alike are invited to the Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade at Marshall Park! Four-legged friends will strut their stuff and show off their creative costumes for a chance to win prizes. Get an opportunity to check out Midtown’s popular mobile off-leash “Pop-Up Dog Park” and enjoy family-friendly activities, including face painting, a bounce house, hands-on arts and crafts, and live music entertainment. Head to Midtown on Saturday from 1–3 for an experience you (and your pup!) won’t forget.
Food Truck Cinema is an interactive experience combining gourmet food trucks, local live music, and pop culture films. A few days before Halloween, head to Woodcreek Golf Club in Roseville for this unforgettable cinematic experience! Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas on a 35-foot outdoor screen, snack on food truck fare, enjoy refreshments from the craft beer garden and wine bar, and listen to live music.
Dogs 30 pounds and under are invited for this small-dogs-only spooktacular event with a costume contest at The Animal Den Pet Resort. Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for dogs with the cutest costume, the most original/unique costume, the best pet and owner look-alike costumes, and more. The Dog O’ Ween Party will also feature bobbing for treats and apples, photo opportunities, treat bags, swimming and much more.
Xoso Sport & Social League presents the 11th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl in Midtown. Registration includes one Deep Eddy Vodka drink at check-in, drink/food specials at participating bars, and entry into the costume contest. Tickets for the pub crawl are $10 for limited early-bird tickets, $15 for general admission, and $20 the day of (if the event is not sold out!).
The North Highlands Recreation & Park District is hosting a free, fun and safe place to celebrate Halloween this year. Their Halloween Extravaganza will feature ghoulish candy and games, bounce houses, pumpkins for the first 75 children to decorate and take home, and more. The costume parade will be led by the Grand Marshal — AKA Dracula! Sign up for the costume parade on the day of the event at the NHRPD information table.
Don’t miss this unique Halloween experience aboard the Sacramento RiverTrain! Come dressed as your favorite ghost, ghoul, princess or superhero, and enjoy a 45-minute ride on the Trick-or-Treat Train to Elkhorn Park. Kids will enjoy trick-or-treating and other kid-centric activities at the park. The entire experience lasts about 2.5 hours, and the train takes off from the station at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Photo Courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo
This daytime Halloween experience is a must for kids! Slip into your finest costumes, grab a treat bag and head to the Sacramento Zoo for Boo at the Zoo. Go trick-or-treating at 15 different candy stations scattered throughout the whole zoo. Plus, enjoy face painting, festive games, themed stage shows, magic shows with Trevor the Magician, keeper chats and even animal enrichments. Top off the day with a ride on the spooky zoo train or the creepy carousel for an additional fee. Tickets to Boo at the Zoo are $16 per person (or $13 before October 21!).
Photo Courtesy of Funderland Amusement Park
The Funderland Fall Festival offers a weekend full of fall fun, including various activities and entertainment like trick-or-treating, a magic show, costume contests, crafts, a hay maze and much more. Don’t miss the festivities at Funderland Park on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Courtesy of the Auburn Symphony
Saddle up for a wild wild west experience with the Auburn Symphony, presenting Masterworks I: The Wild Wild West. While costumes are not required, you are certainly invited to come dressed in your fancy duds! Saddle up for musical favorites such as Bonanza, Rawhide, High Noon, Billy the Kid, Blazing Saddles, The Cowboys, Silverado, and more. Attend the performance on either Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. Seating begins 30 minutes before the performance. Click here to see a video about the event.
iFLY Sacramento is hosting an All Abilities Halloween Party, specifically designed to make flight a reality for those in the special needs community. This program has been custom designed for those with physical and cognitive challenges to create an environment of support and inclusion, while focusing on making what seems impossible, possible. If you have someone in your life who is unable to participate in able-bodied activities but still wants to be challenged and push their limits, this is the perfect event to join. Learn more about iFLY’s unique All Abilities program.
On Halloween, slip on your costume and head to the Sacramento Children’s Museum for trick-or-treat stations, a costume parade and hands-on museum play. Admission is $5 per person, free for members, and free with a donation of a children’s book! Keep in mind that the museum will be open for limited hours on Halloween — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Each Halloween, the community of Davis comes together for this exciting tradition. The Davis Halloween Treat Trail features trick-or-treating at various local businesses in downtown designated by an orange Treat Trail sign. This year, there will be a set trail for families to follow using a map — plus a fun scavenger hunt to follow if you choose! RSVP for the 2018 Halloween Treat Trail on the Facebook event page.
Photo Courtesy of George Young via the Crocker Art Museum
This wonderful annual tradition at the Crocker invites costumed kids ages 3–5 and their grown-ups to take a delightful stroll through through the museum, encountering enchanting music and dance performances from the city’s favorite entertainers. At each stop, children will receive a small gift to put in their creatively decorated treat bag. The magical tour ends with sweet treats and a silly dance party. Don’t wait to register, as this popular event sells out every year! Registration is required in advance. Admission to Wee Halloween is $12 for members and $18 for non-members, for both adults and children.
We wish you a fun, safe and spooky Halloween. Let us know what Halloween events are on your calendar in the comments below!